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Sen. McCann’s statement on the joint hearing on Legionnaires’ outbreak at Quincy Veterans’ Home

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) released the following statement after he attended the Illinois Senate Veterans Affairs Committee’s joint hearing with the House committee Jan. 9 on the recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home.

“This process is still ongoing and we don’t have all the answers yet. One thing is clear, we absolutely cannot allow this to happen again. Our veterans bravely sacrificed themselves to protect us, and we must do everything we can to protect them when they are in our care. Our safety net has failed, and I have called on IDPH Director Nirav Shah to resign. I voted ‘no’ to his confirmation and I have seen nothing since to lead me to believe he is the right person to serve as our state’s highest public health official.

“It is also very apparent that we need a capital plan that can help upgrade the infrastructure of our veterans’ homes and finish the stalled veterans’ home project in Chicago. I have visited the Quincy home several times since I have been in office and have been impressed by the residents, the staff, and the facility. But we can and must do better.

“I will continue to closely monitor what is happening and I pledge to do everything in my power to create the absolute safest environment possible for our veterans.”

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